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By Joshua L. Dratel
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Enemy Aliens: Double Standards and Constitutional Freedoms in the War on Terrorism By David Cole
(The New Press (2003))
List Price: $24.95Reviewed by Joshua L. Dratel
David Cole’s new book, Enemy Aliens, succeeds on a number of levels. Subtitled Double Standards and Constitutional Freedoms in the War on Terrorism,
Cole, a professor at Georgetown University Law Center, provides not
only a primer on the short but controversial history of United States
government immigration enforcement policy and practice since September
11, 2001, but also a catalogue of previous government overreactions to
similar crises throughout this nation’s history. Professor Cole also
offers cogent arguments against current policy on a variety of levels,
including constitutional, equitable, and practical.
Professor Cole also convincingly refutes the argument that
the government’s enforcement activities affect only aliens. In addition
to demonstrating that the current legal provisions and pol
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